We regularly post blogs on the Fit for Work website on a wide range of work-related health topics. Our blogs are aimed at anyone looking for work-related health advice, including employees, and employers and GPs looking to support those with health conditions affecting their work. We’ve pulled together the most popular blogs of 2017 so far as a reminder:
Stress is a major problem in modern society and is a leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. According to figures generated as part of the 2016 Labour Force Survey Stress, depression and anxiety accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health (11.7 million days).
A migraine is a severe headache which can be complicated by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, visual or other sensory disturbances (aura) and hypersensitivity to light and sound. They are thought to involve a temporary disturbance to the nerve signals, blood vessels and chemistry of the brain. The exact causes of migraines are unclear but they are believed to have a genetic element and can be passed on through genes.
One in four people will experience some form of mental health condition in the course of a year, and mental health issues can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to work effectively and, consequently, on an organisation’s productivity. Employers have a duty of care towards their staff so it’s important for managers to be able to spot the signs of mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental health issues.
Alcohol is a problem for many people in the UK and the issues associated with excessive drinking can easily spill over into the workplace. The Health and Safety Executive estimates that drinking is responsible for between 3-5 percent of all cases of sickness absence in the UK. Whilst that figure may seem small, it accounts for 8-14 million lost working days each year. Add to that the productivity lost by workers nursing hangovers and the total cost of drinking to UK businesses reaches £7.1bn.
Random acts of kindness are based on the idea that by doing someone a good deed we can make them happy and boost our own sense of wellbeing. Random acts of kindness might be as simple as giving someone a smile, carrying their shopping, picking them up from a fall, or even paying their bill. What unites them is the spontaneity and thoughtfulness of the act, with no strings attached.
For more information on work-related health topics, visit the Fit for Work blog and advice hub or call the Fit for Work advice line on 0800 032 6235 (English) or 0800 032 6233 (Welsh). Those in Scotland can visit fitforworkscotland.scot or call 0800 019 2211.